Jun
18
6:00 PM18:00

Daughters of Etz Ahaim Annual Appreciation Dinner

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Please join us for a fun evening of graditude

Tuesday, June 18th at 7:00pm
at the
Bridge Turkish Grill
315 Raritan Avenue Avenue
Highland Park NJ 08904

With Thanks to:

Millie Hakim • Diana Hakakian • Yvonne Levy
Gloria Morris • Carol Marcovici • Rose Reiss
Rifka Greenberg • Liba Shakarchi • Elizabeth Simon

Cost is $26 per person.

Reservations are Required
Call Millie Hakim at 609-235-9192

Please reserve by June 16th, 2019

All Women are Welcome

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May
23
6:00 PM18:00

Community Wide Lag B'Omer Celebration

Celebrate Lag Ba'Omer

Coordinated by NCSY
Thursday, May 23, 6:00-8:00PM
Grove 1 in Donaldson Park.

  • Free admission

  • Music provided by Jeff Wilks

  • Activities for kids and adults

  • Food and drinks for sale

Special Thanks to Glatt 27 for Sponsoring this Event
Cosponsors: Congregation Etz Ahaim and Amazing Savings

Contact Rabbi Shmulie Greene for more info and sponsorship opportunities at greenes@ncsy.org or 973-214-8577

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RPRY Dinner Honoring Holocaust Survivors
May
19
5:00 PM17:00

RPRY Dinner Honoring Holocaust Survivors

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The Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva will honor our community's Holocaust survivors at its annual dinner on May 19, 2018, 5:00 p.m. at Chabad at Rutgers, 170 College Ave., New Brunswick. The theme of the event is Hand in Hand: Legacy. Inspiration. Education..

Please submit registration and journal tributes at rprydinner.org by May 13. 

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May
15
7:30 PM19:30

Name, Not Numbers. A movie in the Making

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Wednesday, May 15 2019 — 7:30pm
Followed by a dessert reception
At Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva, 2 Harrison Street, Edison NJ 08817

RSVP to the RPRY Office at 732-572-5052

The Names Not Numbers program is a Legacy Heritage Project. Names, Not Numbers © 2019 is an interactive multi-media Holocaust oral history film documentary project created by educator Tova Fish-Rosenberg.

In tribute to the following Holocaust Survivors who shared their inspiring stories and incredible experiences with our 8th grade students:

  • Dr. Leon Chameides

  • Mrs. Leah Klapholtz

  • Mrs. Rachel Lefkovits

  • Mrs. Rachel Sambul

  • Dr. Bernard Schanzer

  • Mr. Henry Schanzer

  • Mr. Hersh Waisbord

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Apr
25
7:00 AM07:00

Don't Forget to Make an Eruv TavShilin

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This year (5779), the seventh day of Pesach will fall out on Thursday night and Friday. Our Sages prohibited cooking on Yom Tov for Shabbat without placing an Eruv Tavshilin, which is designating matza and a cooked food on Erev Yom Tov (Thursday) for to be eaten on Shabbat in order for it to be recognizable that one is not beginning to cook or bake on Yom Tov for Shabbat; rather, one is merely concluding this preparation.

One needs to take matza and a hard-boiled egg on Erev Yom Tov (Thursday), and recites:

Baruch Ata Hashem Elokeinu Melech Ha’Olam Asher Kideshanu Be’mitzvotav Ve’tzivanu Al Mitzvat Eruv.

After reciting the blessing, one should say:

With this Eruv, we shall be permitted to bake, cook, light candles, and do anything necessary on Yom Tov for Shabbat

One then saves the matza and cooked food to eat them on Shabbat.

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Mar
24
9:30 PM21:30

Community Shaimot Collection

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Shaimot Collection

This year’s community wide shaimot collection will be held on Sunday, March 24 from 9:30am to 6:00p at Congregation Ohr Torah. The cost will be $20 per large garbage bag. Please bring your checkbook.

Seforim Sale

There will also be used seforim for sale too. Great bargains. Come fine your hard-to-find or out-of-print books and stock up your library.

For more information, please fill out the form below

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Bikur Cholim Annual Brunch
Mar
17
9:30 AM09:30

Bikur Cholim Annual Brunch

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  • Guest of Honor: Dr. Michael Nissenblatt

  • Gomlei Chesed Award: Rahel and Haim Baruh

  • Guest Speaker: Rabbi Shay Schachter. 

Rabbi Schachter received his Rabbinic ordination from both his illustrious father Rabbi Hershel Schachter at RIETS, and from his Rebbe, Rabbi Asher Weiss of Jerusalem. He now serves as Rabbi and Rosh Beis Midrash at the Young Israel of Woodmere.

Dairy buffet brunch will be served.
Birkat Hamazon at 11:30 a.m.
Couvert $54 per person

Make your reservations online.

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Mar
16
9:00 PM21:00

Documentary Film: 93 Queen

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Presented by the Jewish Forum of Edison/Highland Park

The documentary 93 Queen follows Rachel “Ruchie” Freier, a no-nonsense Hasidic lawyer and mother of six who is determined to to shake up the “boys club” in her Hasidic community by creating Ezras Nashim, the first all-female ambulance corp in New York City.

93 Queens is set in the Hasidic enclave of Borough Park, Brooklyn where EMS corps have long been the province of men. Though the neighborhood is home ot the larget volunteer ambulance corps in the world know as Hatzolah, that orgnaization has steadfastly banned women from its ranks.

Now, Ruchie and an engaging cast of dogged Hasidic women are risking their reputations — and literally, the futures of the children — by taking matters into their own hands to provide dignified emergency medical care to the Hasidic women and girls of Borough Park.

Runs 90 minutes. Free of charge.


The Orthodox Forum is a grassroots organization and relies on community donations to fund our programs. Donations of any amount are appreciated. Please consider becoming a season supporter for $200 or an announced event sponsor for $500.

Please send your tax deductible check made out to:

Congregation Ohr Torah Gemach Fund
Henery Lerner
1 Celler Road
Edison NJ 088187

Email or visit our website for more information.

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Chai Lifeline Shabbaton
Mar
1
to Mar 2

Chai Lifeline Shabbaton

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The Highland Park/Edison community will be hosting a Chai Lifeline Shabbaton on March 1 - 2, 2019. Approximately 25 girls, ages 7 - 15, who have life-threatening illnesses, will attend.

Please help us make this an event to remember by sponsoring or volunteering today. Checks should be made out to Chai Lifeline and mailed to David Waizer, 53 North 7th Ave., Highland Park.

High school students who would like to volunteer, should contact Barbara Edery.

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Tu B'Shvat Celebration
Jan
21
2:00 PM14:00

Tu B'Shvat Celebration

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Join Daughters of Etz Ahaim and Raritan Valley Hadassah for a joint Tu B'Shvat Seder

Tu B'Shvat is the Jewish New Year of the trees. We will feast upon the seven species of the Land of Israel: figs, dates, pomegranates, olives, grapes or raisins, wheat, wine or grape juice—and so much more. We will hear tales connected to trees, learn about Sephardic and Ashkenazic customs for Tu B'Shvat, and sing songs for the holiday.

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Ahavas Achim University - Whiskey and Wisdom
Jan
4
8:00 PM20:00

Ahavas Achim University - Whiskey and Wisdom

Warm up your winter Friday night with AAU's first ever Whiskey and Wisdom event! You will have the opportunity to taste four varieties of scotch whiskey representing four age classifications and levels of smokiness, accompanied by the narration of resident scotch aficionado Josh Abrams. Each tasting will be paired with a mini-shiur by Rabbi Miodownik, distilling the Torah and tasting notes for each selection. Desserts and non-alcoholic beverages will be served as well. This will be an evening where spirits are used to enhance the spirit.

ADMISSION: $10/PERSON;

Please reserve your spot by emailing the office administrator and submitting payment (if applicable) in advance.

Reservations deadline: Tuesday, January 1, 2019

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The Toby Mayer Memorial Scholarship Breakfast
Dec
23
9:30 AM09:30

The Toby Mayer Memorial Scholarship Breakfast

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Please join RPRY in its mission to provide a stellar Jewish education for all students, by donating generously to the RPRY Scholarship Fund. The Toby Mayer Memorial Scholarship Breakfast honoring Rabbi Steven Miodownik will be held on December 23, 2018, at 9:30 am.

Go to our webpage to make a donation to RSVP. Thank you!

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Adult/Child CPR Class with AED
Dec
22
7:30 PM19:30

Adult/Child CPR Class with AED

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CPR/AED Class

An Adult/Child CPR with AED class will be offered on Saturday night, December 22 at 7:30pm The class will last until around 10:30pm.

American Heart Association certification will be provided. Cost is $50.00

Class size is limited, so make your reservation now.

Fill Out the Form Below to Make a Reservation

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Shomer 360 Training — Unarmed Response to an Active Shooter
Dec
16
11:00 AM11:00

Shomer 360 Training — Unarmed Response to an Active Shooter

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  • What if you can’t run or hide?

  • What do you do when the shooter is right next to you?

  • What do you do when your children can’t escape?

  • What do you do when the shooter breaks through your safe room?

  • Learn the systematic and logical way to fight a gunman

For men, women, and teens ages 13 and older.
$10 admission. Free with Rutgers ID.
Text RSVP to 918-834-6665 to make a reservation.

Space is limited!

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About the Instructor: Eilon Even-Esh received special forces training in the IDF and also served as Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps. As founder and head instructor of Shomer360, Even-Esh travels throughout the US, teaching seminars in self defense, marksmanship, and institutional security.

For More Information: Contact Rabbi Carlbach at 732-296-1800

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Tomchei Shabbos Community-Wide Concert
Dec
15
7:30 PM19:30

Tomchei Shabbos Community-Wide Concert

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Tomchei Shabbos of Middlesex County has been providing Shabbos and Yom Tov food packages to needy families in the Highland Park, Edison and East Brunswick communities since 2009. 

A community-wide concert featuring Benny Friedman, to benefit Tomchei Shabbos of Middlesex County and RPRY will be held Motzei Shabbat, December 15 at 7:30 p.m.at the Highland Park High School.

Tickets are $36 for general admission, $50 for VIP, and $100 for sponsors.

To purchase tickets, email Middlesex County Jewish Events, or visit Tomchei Shabbos.

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Special Kiddush to Honor Ze’ev Feldman Making Aliyah
Dec
15
12:00 PM12:00

Special Kiddush to Honor Ze’ev Feldman Making Aliyah

Long time member Ze''ev Feldman is making aliyah to Israel soon, and many members of Etz Ahaim are putting together a special Kiddush in his honor.

You can join in the celebration by helping us sponsoring this kiddush. Just press the Become a Sponsor button on the right.

Saturday, December 15 Kiddush
After Morning Services

Join in the celebration and become a sponsor!

Become a Sponsor
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The Ma'ale Adumin Youth Symphony
Dec
12
7:30 PM19:30

The Ma'ale Adumin Youth Symphony

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Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

Featuring the Ramaz Upper School Choir and Chamber Choir

The Ma’ale Adumim Youth Orchestra, part of the George W. Schaefer Music Conservatory in Ma’ale Adumim, is composed of musicians wh are handpicked from school music programs and invited to continue their music education, and are taught by some of the countries leading artists. One of the leading youth symphonies in the Stare of Israel, established merely seven years ago, it has already won national and & international recognition, winning its first international award at the Bratislava International Competition for Youth.

Ramaz, a Modern Orthodox Day School in New York City, has a rich history of Jewish education. The Ramaz Upper School Choir has taken part in a national choral competition in Virginia Beach and has brought its music to communities in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Israel. The Chamber Choir has performed at the White House, Lincoln Center, the International Arts Expo, the North American Jewish Choral Festival, and on CBS

Ticket Pricing

  • VIP (Includes entry to VIP Reception: $180

  • Orchestra: $120

  • Mezzanine: $70

  • General: $52

For Tickets, visit Carnegie Hall’s website or call CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800. Box Office at 57th and Seventh Avenue in New York.

For VIP Tickets, go to B’nai Zion Foundation’s website.

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Jewish Heroines in History and Today: Creating More Heroines
Nov
17
8:30 PM20:30

Jewish Heroines in History and Today: Creating More Heroines

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The Orthodox Forum of Edison/Highland Park presents Rebbitzen Dr. Adina Shmidman discussing, Jewish Heroines in History & Today on Motzei Shabbat, November 17 at 8:30pm at Ohr Torah. She will analyze Jewish heroines of the past and discuss how OU Women’s Initiative is working in support of Jewish Heroines of today and tomorrow.

Rebbitzen Dr. Adina Shmidman is the director of the newly formed Department of Women’s Initiatives at the Orthodox Union. She and her husband Rabbi Avraham Shmidman are Rabbi and Rebbitzen at the Lower Merion Synagogue in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. The program is free of charge.

The Orthodox Forum gladly accepts season sponsorships, as well as program sponsorships. Please visit The Orthodox Forum for more information.

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